Students from Bush Post Primary School in Riverstown were among the large attendance at the Agri Aware ‘Farm Walk and CAP Talk’ event held at the Teagasc research centre at Grange in Co Meath.
The event was one of seven educational and information events run nationally by Agri Aware in the country’s top colleges and research centres to communicate the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in delivering quality, safe and affordable food for consumers and the key contribution of the Irish agri-food industry to the economy.
Students from more than 100 schools attended the events which were addressed by Teagasc experts as well as representatives from the country’s major dairy and meat companies and agri-supply firms.
The students and their teachers were exposed to state of the art farming technology in a practical and interactive setting and also had the opportunity to hear food industry executives discuss national and global food trends.
The ‘Farm Walk and CAP Talk’ events for second-level students are part of a nationwide Agri Aware campaign to communicate the benefits of the CAP to the general public.
Co-financed by the EU, the contract was awarded to Agri Aware following a competitive bidding process.
It is supported by Agri Aware patrons, the IFA and FBD.
The campaign, which will run for the next nine months, will involve a number of initiatives focused on explaining the benefits of the CAP to urban and rural dwellers of all ages.
Agri Aware aim to educate students about the Irish agri-food industry and the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy.